Millfield

Millfield
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Millfield School, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
BA16 0YD
Somerset
01458 442291
Co-ed
1225, Upper sixth 260
£5940 (Day), £8700 (Boarding)
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Founded in 1935 by R J O Meyer as a boys’ school, girls were first admitted in 1947 and it has long been fully co-educational. It has a fine campus of 166 acres, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Facilities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, theatre, fine arts complex, indoor tennis centre, equestrian centre, music school and concert hall. The 18 boarding houses are on campus and in the surrounding villages. The prep school is in nearby Glastonbury. Large, diverse and complex, it is a well-run school which enjoys a very high staff:pupil ratio (1:8), and this is one of its many strengths. Vocational qualifications are offered as an alternative to some traditional A-levels and examination results are very good across the board. A wide range of languages is offered including Japanese, Russian, Arabic and Greek. It caters for virtually every need and displays energy, organisation and purposefulness in every activity. Over 40 sports and games are available and the school has excelled in many. Over the years, it has produced over 50 Olympic competitors. Music, drama and art departments are active throughout the year. All pupils are involved in conservation of the school’s own 40-acre centre at Worley Hill.

Headmaster: Craig Considine, appointed 2008. Educated at Parade College, Victoria, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and at Melbourne and Charles Sturt universities (applied science in human movement; diploma and a masters in education). Previously Headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate School, New Zealand, member of the senior management team at Geelong Grammar School, and extensive experience as a housemaster. Also established Year 10 experiential education programmes in New Zealand; professional Australian Rules football player and in Australian Commonwealth Games decathlon team. Teaching staff: 164 full time.
GCSE: 239 pupils in fifth: 91% gained at least grade C in 5+ subjects. A-levels: 240 in upper sixth, achieving an average final point score of 313.
80% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (18% after a gap year), 4% to Oxbridge and 8% to universities overseas. 3% take courses in medicine and pharmacology, 24% in science and engineering, 65% in humanities and social sciences, 6% in art and design; business, accounting, management most popular choices. Others typically go on to non-degree or training courses such art or drama, or straight into careers.
Sport: Games compulsory from following options, soccer, rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, for boys; tennis hockey, netball, athletics, swimming for girls. Seniors have 40+ choices. On average 25 international representatives a year and countless county representatives; elite level performers in many sports but wide ability range catered for at all ages. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community service optional for 1 year at age 16. Annual Mencap day (school open to 600 Mencap members guided and coached by pupils). Over 60 activities including school newspaper, photography, life saving, Zulu beadwork, Young Enterprise.
Seniors in single/double study bedrooms; juniors in dormitories of 3+. Single-sex houses of 50-60. Resident qualified nurses, 2 doctors (1 full time), full time counsellor. Central dining room. Fixed number of exeats. Visits to the local town allowed.
Run by Mr J H Davies, The Millfield Society, c/o the school.
Sir John L Standing (actor); John Sargeant (former parliamentary correspondent); Charles Burton (explorer: circumnavigated world via North and South Poles); Gareth Edwards (international rugby); Duncan Goodhew and Mary Rand (Olympic gold medallists); Jeremy Thomas (film producer, The Last Emperor); Michael Ridpath (novelist, Free To Trade); Matt Perry (England rugby).